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Change Ups: Retired bank VP publishes fifth novel

January 11, 2019
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Michael Lindley, retired senior vice president of marketing, communications and community relations for Huntington Bank, published his fifth novel titled, “A Following Sea” (Sage River Press). “Sea” is book No. 2 in the Hanna Walsh and Alex Frank Low Country Thriller Series. His newest thriller revisits the stories of free legal clinic lawyer Hanna Walsh and Charleston police detective Alex Frank in this sequel to “Lies We Never See” that was released in March 2018. Lindley comes off a successful year of ranking No. 1 on Amazon for his Michigan-based novel, “The Seasons Of the Emmalee.”

BUSINESS SERVICES

Family-owned and operated CompleteSource, a full service, branded merchandise provider of promotional products, and embroidered and screen-printed apparel, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The certified women-owned promotional agency business has grown to become one of the top 10 percent of the largest promotional products and decorated apparel companies in the country.

Hello West Michigan announced Rachel Bartels, formerly the organization’s program manager, was selected as its executive director.

Nichols announced the hiring of Deron Hunt as director of information technology.

The Right Place Inc. announced several key staff transitions and promotions: Rick Chapla, vice president, strategic initiatives, has retired;  Tim Mroz, previously vice president, marketing and communications, will step into Chapla’s position as vice president, strategic initiatives; Andria Romkema, previously digital marketing manager, was promoted to vice president, marketing and communications; and Cindy Brown, previously executive director of Hello West Michigan and vice president, talent initiatives, is now vice president, talent initiatives in a full-time role.

CONSTRUCTION

The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter announced Amy Pierce-Danders as director of workforce development. Pierce-Danders’ position opened up because of the recent promotion of Jen Schottke to vice president of operations.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Rehmann promoted Ryan Bryker to principal in the firm’s Muskegon office. He also will be assuming the role of office managing principal.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Kaleva-based Northern Natural Organics LLC, doing business as Northern Natural Cider House and Winery, recently received USDA Organic Certification on four of its hard cider products: traditional, blueberry, lavender and elderberry. A fifth hard cider, Northern Star, has been USDA Certified Organic the past two years.

GOVERNMENT

The Gun Lake Tribe recently made holiday season donations to several West Michigan charities that totaled $20,000. Employees of the tribal government independently held donation drives to collect food and clothing items that were donated to two additional charitable organizations located in Grand Rapids and Allegan County. The following West Michigan charities each received $4,000 from the tribal government: Sylvia’s Place (Allegan County) provides emergency assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence; Manna’s Market (Barry County) provides food, baby items and clothes for those in need; Open Doors (Kalamazoo County) offers programs for homeless men and women, and apartments for low-wage working individuals and families; West Michigan Veteran Assistance Program (Kent County) helps homeless and nearly homeless veterans and their families with food, housing, financial/medical needs, fuel cards/bus passes and other emergent needs; and Nestlings Diaper Bank (Ottawa County) provides diapers and wipes for low-income families.

HEALTH

Grand Rapids Women’s Health announced obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Sarah Mattson joined its practice.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Traverse City-based Munson Medical Center have signed a joint operating agreement to expand rehabilitation services for northern Michigan residents. Mary Free Bed will manage operations for inpatient rehabilitation and four outpatient facilities. Mary Free Bed has been managing the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services at Munson Medical Center since August 2015. Under the agreement, Mary Free Bed will continue to manage the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Munson Medical Center and outpatient services at Munson Community Health Center. Additionally, rehabilitation at Munson Outpatient Services-West on Rosewood Drive and Munson Outpatient Services-Kingsley will join the Chums Corner location as Mary Free Bed at Munson Medical Center operations.

LEGAL

The 62-B District Court celebrated its 40th anniversary at 4740 Walma Ave. SE in Kentwood with past and current judges, community leaders and court employees present. The court originated at 1723 44th St. SE where Fields Fabric Store is now located. It then moved into Kentwood’s City Center on Jan. 26, 1979, and relocated again in August 2002 to the Kentwood Justice Center.

Warner Norcross + Judd announced Matthew M. Crowe; Roquia K. Draper; Rachel J. Foster; C. Ryan Grondzik; and Laura A. Jeltema were named partners to the firm.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls celebrated its 70th anniversary. In began in the winter of 1948-49 with a single dollar and 40 acres of land when it was known as Boyne Ski Club. Since then, the family-owned, four-season resort has earned TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, been named among the Top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America by Conde Nast Traveler readers, recognized as a Top 10 Indoor Waterpark by Budget Travel and is a Spa Magazine Readers’ Choice Favorite. 

Watermark Properties announced its new Life Golf Studios at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club. Life Golf Studios is Watermark’s first West Michigan state-of-the-art golf facility offering golfers of all levels the opportunity to play in a controlled climate using high technology simulation at over 50 golf courses, practice ranges and more. Thornapple Pointe Golf Club, 7211 48th St. SE, is the first Watermark Properties Golf Clubs to offer Live Golf Studios for golfers who want to maintain their game throughout the winter and shoulder seasons in Michigan. 

LOGISTICS

Classic Transportation and Warehousing marked its 30th year in business.

Hines Corp. in Spring Lake transferred ownership of Hines Specialty Vehicle Group, consisting of Crane Carrier Co. and Kimble Mixer Co., to Turnspire Capital Partners LLC. Crane Carrier and Kimble Mixer are now an independent company operating as Crane Carrier Company.

MEDIA

WKTV Community Television announced the addition of podcasting to its growing list of media sources for West Michigan content creators. The free service is available to anyone wishing to share their expertise and knowledge of subject matter they’re familiar with. WKTV will provide everything needed to create and host a podcast, including the location, equipment, engineering, hosting and promotion of each podcast. Podcasts will appear on wktv.org and will be archived on its hosting server so listeners will have access to them through the main page, iTunes, Twitter and Facebook.

RETAIL

Byron Center-based SpartanNash announced Arif Dar is its new chief information officer. Since 2015, Dar has served as the chief information officer for Racine, Wisconsin-based SC Johnson and Sons, a privately held global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and consumer goods with operations in more than 60 countries.

TRANSPORTATION

Zeeland-based Wings of Mercy, a nonprofit that arranges free air transportation to qualifying patients who are not able to afford private airplane flight, appointed Jeff Ostrander as executive director.

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